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The name Bingham arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bingham family lived at Bingham in the county of Nottinghamshire. The name of that place is derived from the Old Norse word bingr, meaning stall or manger, and the Old English word ham, meaning settlement or village. Another reference claims the family descended from "De Buisli, from Buisli or Builly, near NeŻchatel, Normandy (often supposed to be of Saxon origin.)" [1] The same reference claims "Roger de Busliaco held 149 lordships in barony 1086, chiefly in York [Yorkshire] and Notts [Nottinghamshire], which were entitled the Honour of Tickhill. He also held Sutton, Somerset, from Roger de Arundel. One of his lordships was Bingham, Notts, and estate of great value and importance." [1] Whichever origin the reader chooses, there is no doubt that Norfolk was the stronghold of the family since ancient times.


The surname Bingham was first found in Nottinghamshire at Bingham, a market town in the Rushcliffe borough that has existed since at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Bingheham [2] which probably meant "homestead of the family or followers of a man called Bynna" from the Old English personal name + ham. [3] "This place was possessed previously to the Conquest by two Saxon chieftains, and appears to have been anciently more extensive than at present: it had a college, or guild, in honour of St. Mary. " [4]

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bingham, Binham, Bingam, Binghame and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bingham research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1090, 1246, 1300, 1915, 1615, 1673, 1645, 1659, 1668 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Bingham History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 83 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bingham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Bingham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 283 words (20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bingham or a variant listed above:

Bingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bingham settled in Barbados in 1635
  • John Bingham settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Bingham who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1673

Bingham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Elisha Bingham U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783

Bingham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Bingham, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Independence" in 1832

Bingham Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Bingham, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles William Bingham, aged 25, English Convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Bingham Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William J. Bingham, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Emma Bingham, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Frederick J. Bingham, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • William J. Bingham, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874
  • Louisa A. Bingham, aged 4 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waikato" in 1874


  • Hiram Bingham, American Congregationalist missionary in Hawaii
  • George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), American painter and frontier politician
  • Seth Bingham (1882-1972), American organist, composer and professor at Columbia University
  • John Armor Bingham, American lawyer and politician, Congressman from Ohio, and a judge in the trial of the Abraham Lincoln assassination
  • Stuart Bingham (b. 1976), English professional snooker player, World Snooker Champion (2015)
  • Miss Alice Winifred Bingham (d. 1915), English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada returning to England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • John Michael Ward Bingham (1908-1988), 7th Baron Clanmorris, English spy and crime fiction writer
  • Lord George Charles Bingham (b. 1967), English investment banker, the only son of the 7th Earl of Lucan, missing and presumed dead
  • Mr. Joseph Bingham, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942
  • Mr. Fred Bingham (1876-1914), Canadian Miner from Victoria, Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914



  • Descendants of James Bingham of County Down, Northern Ireland by James Barry Bingham.
  • Fathers and Sons, the Bingham Family and the American Mission by Char Miller.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Spes mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my hope.


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  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Bingham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bingham Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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